Saturday Feb 18, 2017. 21:01
A late penalty from Ricardo Nascimento saw Mamelodi Sundowns defeat TP Mazembe 1-0 in Pretoria on Saturday evening to win the CAF Super Cup.
The Southern Africans dominated the majority of the annual exhibition match and were worthy winners, adding the Super Cup trophy to the Champions League they won in 2016 and establishing themselves as the preeminent club on the continent right now.
The first clear chance of the match went the way of Mazembe, with striker Ben Malango sprinting free on goal in the ninth minute. He beat Denis Onyango with his first shot, but the ball crashed into the upright.
The Mazembe striker got onto the rebound and looked sure to score with a second attempt, but Onyango recovered well to push the effort onto the same post and deny the DRC giants an early lead.
Sundowns generally enjoyed the majority of ball possession in the first half, but it was only in the final minutes before the break that they really looked like capitalising on their dominance.
Khama Billiat should have at least hit the target when presented with a clear sight of goal in the 37th minute, while Anthony Laffor almost snuck a shot into the bottom corner just before the break, but goalkeeper Sylvain Gbohouo did just enough to keep it out.
From the start of the second half, the Brazilians were even more dominant and created a string of openings from which they should have broken the deadlock. However, the likes of Hlompho Kekana, Laffor and Tiyani Mabunda were all guilty of spurning good opportunities.
It seemed only a matter of time until ‘Downs broke through and the Ravens’ defence finally cracked with just under 10 minutes to play, as Kekana was clumsily brought down in the box to win a penalty. Defender Ricardo Nascimento coolly converted from the spot to claim the game’s decisive goal in the 83rd minute.
Mamelodi Sundowns (0) 1 (Nascimento 83’ pen)
TP Mazembe 0
Sundowns: Denis Onyango, Thapelo Morena, Wayne Arendse, Ricardo Nascimento, Tebogo Langerman, Tiyani Mabunda, Hlompho Kekana, Themba Zwane (Sibusiso Vilakazi 90+3’), Anthony Laffor (Bangaly Soumahoro 86’), Khama Billiat (Anele Ngcongca 90+2’), Percy Tau
Mazembe: Sylvain Gbohouo, Djos Issama, Joel Kimwaki, Salif Coulibaly, Jean Kasusula, Nathan Sinkala, Daniel Adjei, Rainford Kalaba (Adama Traore 80’), Solomon Asante, Ben Malango, Meschak Elia (Tresor Mputu 58’)